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AshleyKannan(/people/akannan)|MiddleSchoolTeacher|(Level3)DistinguishedEducator
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Ifwelookatidentityasrepresentingaperson'sselfconception,IthinkthatthethemeofidentityinTararelates
tohowtheindividual'snotionofselfcollideswiththeexternal,socialconstruction.Dattaniappliesthisinterms
ofgenderinIndia.Bornasconjoinedtwins,TaraandChandan,girlandboy,aretobeseparated.Theirparents
decidethattheboy,Chandan,istobeshownpreferentialtreatment.Thewayinwhichtheseparationhappens
displaysmoreadvantagetoChandan,makingTara'sconditiondifficultandleadingtoherdeath.

Inexaminingthethemeofidentity,Dattanisuggeststhatsubjectiveconstructionsofidentityoftenflyintheface
ofsocialexpectation.Theindividualmustmakeanactivechoiceastohowtheyconstructtheirownsenseof
self.Identitybecomesthenetresultofourchoices.Dattanarguesthatinformingouridentity,humanbeings
arewhattheychoosetotolerate.Thus,aworldinwhichthereisgenderseparationandprejudiceareexternal
impositionsthatweinternalize.Chandanrecognizesthisashisidentityisformed.Whilehemightbe"Dan"to
therestoftheworld,hisownidentityisimpactedthroughthecollisionofsocialconstructionsofgenderandhis
owninternalsenseoflovetowardshissister:"Likewe'vealwaysbeen.Inseparable.Thewaywestartedinlife.
Twolivesandonebodyinonecomfortablewomb.Tillwewereforcedoutandseparated.Inthisvision,the
wombisinternal.Itistherealmofthesubjectivewherethereisasenseofequalityinidentity.However,when
thereis"separation"andbeing"forcedout,"individualidentitybecomessubmergedbyexternalnotionsofthe
good.Dattaniissuggestingthathumanidentityispoisedbetweentheworldofthesubjectiveandbeing"forced
out"and"separated"fromoneanother.ThisthemeisexploredinthecharacterizationsofDanandBharti,son
andmother,wholivewiththeconsequencesofchoosingonevisionovertheotherinthedevelopmentoftheir
identities.Chandanmustlivewiththelovehehasforhissister,andthesocialadvancementthatplaceshis
interestabovehers.Thisconditionofbeingimprintsitselfonhisidentity,helpingtodevelopDattani'stheme
thatindividualidentityistheresultofacollisionbetweensubjectivebeliefandexternalreality.Thechoicesthat
theindividualmakesinnavigatingbothplayaprofoundroleintheiridentity,andinwhattheydoandhowthey
shalllive.

Sources:
http://books.google.co.in/books?id=tKaqHxCd4AC&printsec=...(http://books.google.co.in/books?id=tKaqHxCd4AC&printsec=frontcover#v
=onepage&q&f=false)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_(philosophy)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_(philosophy))
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahesh_Dattani(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahesh_Dattani)

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